Sunday, February 17, 2013

Biomass power production - Short-term outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has recently released its short term energy outlook, where among other things it also reports the numbers for biomass power production from the year 2012 and makes predictions for 2013 and 2014. Here are the most interesting predictions:

In 2012 wood biomass accounted for 103,000 MWh per day of electrical generation. This number should grow to an average of 106,000 MWh per day, and to around 110,000 MWh per day in 2014.

In 2012 waste biomass accounted for 54,000 MWh of electrical generation per day. This number should increase to 56,000 MWh per day in 2013, and maintain this level throughout the 2014.

In 2012 electric power sector consumed around 177 trillion Btu of wood biomass power and 252 trillion Btu of waste biomass power. This number should increase to 198 trillion Btu and 260 trillion Btu in 2013, and 220 trillion Btu and 261 trillion Btu in 2014.

In 2012 the industrial sector consumed 1.3 quadrillion Btu of woody biomass in 2012, along with 172 trillion Btu of waste biomass. This number should slightly increase to 1.227 quadrillion Btu and 171 trillion Btu in 2013, and then slightly grow in 2014 to 1.24 quadrillion Btu and 173 trillion Btu.

To conclude, short-term speaking biomass power sector will have to accept the slight increase in production as renewable energy production will likely involve lot more solar and wind than biomass.